Before the Pyramids: Cracking Archaeologys Greatest Mystery
Can you approach a truly controversial subject with an open mind? At the core of this book is the revelation of a system of measurement based on the circumference of the Earth, a system of measurement that is thousands of years old. It is not easy to follow and I did not find the elucidations as clear as I would have liked, but the evidence for the system seems too substantial to ignore. I have long believed that the core of every ancient myth was factual, that, for instance the battle4 of Achill Can you approach a truly controversial subject with an open mind?
I have long believed that the core of every ancient myth was factual, that, for instance the battle4 of Achilles and Hector told of an apparent celestial battle when comets approached the Earth and one struck with devastating consequences.
Before the Pyramids: Cracking Archaeology's Greatest Mystery by Christopher Knight
I find the same "battle" told, from a different geogra[phical and cultural perspective, in the tale of Beowulf. And the biblical verse, "I saw Satan fall like lightening," may be another such reference. According to Solon as reported by Plato, the Egyptians were astonished at the youthfulness of Greek culture and how little the Greeks knew of ancient history.
And yet the Greeks wrote of the planetos wanderers which they divided, as we do, into two groups. There were the planetos that never came down to Earth, the ones we call planets and they called gods. Then there were the planetos that came all too frequently to Earth, the ones we call comets and meteorites which they called Heroes.
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And to keep track of when the Heroes came to do damage to the Earth, they used a celestial reference, the zodiac. They understood an astronomical fact that is only well understood today by astronomers, something called the precession f the equinoxes. You would expect, in the course of a year, that the zodiac would appear in exactly the same place as it had the year before. It doesn't. It slips backward slightly. The point of the zodiac on the horizon at the solstice sunset will not quite make it back to the same point as it was last year at thr same solstitial time.
And the precession is so little, it will be about 26, years befor the solstice points to the same zodiacal point as it dir this year.
The Greeks called this the great year and we call it the Platonic year because he gave us the account of it. Now the zodiac is divided into twelve signs of very uneven width and each of these signs, when it appeared on the horizon for the solstice, defined a world age.
Before the Pyramids: Cracking Archaeology's Greatest Mystery
The musical Aquarius, when it sings of the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, reminds us that, in terms of world ages, we are moving from Pisces to Aquarius. But looking at the constellations reveals how imprecise this can be. In fact there is a gap between the last star of Pisces and the first of Aquarius. In other places of the zodiac, there is an overlap. For ancient cultures, determining the precise moment of transition was fraught with political overtones. And we read them in ancient works. The Egyptians worshiped the cow, Taueus, but the new age of Aries, the Ram, saw the liberation of the people of Israel, who still call their people to worship with the blowing of a Ram's horn.
All of the ancient world knew to expect the transition to Pisces at approximately the time of Jesus's birth. In fact, there were many pretenders to the title of Messiah. The most prevalent myth concerns the devastation at the end of the Age of Virgo. At this time, a world of peace and plenty was suddenly shattered, presumably by a comet.
That would have been twelve to thirteen thousand years ago. Before the Pyramids has identified a system of measurement that would have been evolved before that cataclysm and which survived, barely, into the devastated Earth that remained to pick up the pieces. I find the presentation of this ancient system of measurement complicated but nevertheless compelling.
If it is correct, and I think it may be, we will be obliged to reconsider all we think we know of ancient civilization. And it doesn't require alien intervention.
It just requires a new respect for the intelligence and ability of those on whose shoulders we must always stand. Jan 08, Sarah Crawford rated it did not like it. This is perhaps one of the most boring books I have ever read dealing with pre-Egyptian civilizations. The vast majority of the book deals with the author defending his view of something called the megalithic yard. He ties this into the building of Stonehenge, various other henges, the pyramids and even Washington, D. This part of the book just comes across to me as someone defending their view on something and going on and on about how right they are.
It's not necessary. This entire portion of This is perhaps one of the most boring books I have ever read dealing with pre-Egyptian civilizations. This entire portion of the book could actually have been turned into an appendix. The math behind it all is fine for those into mathematical proofs but, for the average reader, I think it is just boring.
The book also brings in the Knights Templar and the Freemasons, neither of which has anything at all to do with pre-pyramid Egypt or pre-Sumer civilizations. It also leaves out some interesting questions such as how was this measurement system first developed and by which civilization? How did the idea get from England to Egypt?
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Did any of this influence South American civilizations? Are there any henges in the U. Also, the author points out that there are lots and lots of henges. It would seem to me that a few of them, if built correctly and the information from the findings shared with others, would have sufficed. All-in-all a very disappointing book. While yes, I thought this book was fascinating, it suffered from the same deficit as every other such book that I have read.
The book is primarily about Freemasonry and its origins. However, it doesn't teach anything about what Freemasonry is. Yes, it identified many symbols that point to Freemasonry, it never once explained why I should care, if I should be happy, if I should be afraid or why it matters at all. If in the beginning of the book I would have agreed that yes, the megolithic yard and While yes, I thought this book was fascinating, it suffered from the same deficit as every other such book that I have read.
If in the beginning of the book I would have agreed that yes, the megolithic yard and the signs and symbols and structures point to Freemasonry, it never answers: So What? Just like every other such book I have ever read. The question then is why bother reading this book?
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Other than pointing out some interesting history of historic structures, there is no other good reason to bother reading it. All of this same information is repeated in the many other such books and is easily viewed on YouTube, etc. Another book in the style of Von Daniken, with little on actual facts and much on supposition, despite the mass of tedious numbers. Freemasons, Roslyn Chapel, Pyramids, Stonehenge probably attract more writers than any other subject, and while they hint at an ancient civilisation with arcane knowledge, none comes up with any actual knowledge useful to us in today's world.
The story of the Megalithic yard is well known and there is a BBC programme written and produced by Magnus Magnusson who actua Another book in the style of Von Daniken, with little on actual facts and much on supposition, despite the mass of tedious numbers. The story of the Megalithic yard is well known and there is a BBC programme written and produced by Magnus Magnusson who actually interviews Professor Thom in It is still on Youtube. I have to admit being very bored reading this book; it had nothing new, but I wondered if Google Earth were claiming royalties as it seemed so much of the author's work depended on this resource.
A page turner from beginning to end.